We waited to the very end to see this play so that Aiden could be as old as possible. At 3 and three quarters, he was barely there. But he did stay through the whole play and did not want to leave. He clapped for Tinkerbell and at the end and seemed to enjoy the experience, so it can be counted a success.
It did not live up to my memories of the Shaw production, which was Aiden’s father’s first experience of live theatre. Rob was a llittle older (5) and was riveted by the whole thing, in comparison to Aiden who squirmed and wiggled a lot. But I think Aiden had a point – I found parts of the production dragged and were not necessary. I would have cut the narrator entirely and picked up the pace.
The staging was quite good, amd I particularly loved the pirate ship. The fight scenes dragged, but Nana was fantastic.
The performances were all good of course – Sara Topham, Michael Theriault, Tom McCamus deliver regularly.